Curriculum and Instructional Media Specialist & ELA Teacher, Grade 7
ELA, AVID, Social Studies
North Monterey County Middle School, North Monterey County USD
Local Writing Project:
Central California Writing Project (CCWP)
Awards and Recognition:
- CCWP Teacher Consultant
One of the things that I value most about being a part of the CCWP is that I am constantly learning ways to improve my writing instruction, not only from the CCWP leadership, but also from participating teachers. My beliefs about writing instruction have totally changed as a result of my involvement with the CCWP.
Before I attended the Invitational Leadership Institute in the Teaching of Writing, I did not see myself as a writer. I did not enjoy writing, and I think those feelings impacted my instruction. The time we were given to write allowed me to realize how empowering it is to put my ideas on paper. For the first time in my life, I was able to write for enjoyment rather than as an obligation.
The CCWP gave me the opportunity and confidence to serve in a leadership role and share my successes and struggles as a teacher of writing. To me, being a Teacher Consultant is more about giving teachers the opportunity to reflect on their own teaching practices and learning from one another.
Wow. That is a whopper of a question. I believe that every person, young or old, can be a writer. Being a writer isn't about making a living by writing; it is about being willing to share your ideas with the world. Digital tools allow more people than ever to be writers. However, we must teach our students to be citizens of this digital world and make sure that our young connected learners are safe in the process. Teachers must give students choice in their learning and access to multiple points of view so that they can become global citizens.
Crafting Digital Writing: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres by Troy Hicks is a book that I would recommend along with The Digital Writing Workshop by the same author. In both his books, he offers new teaching approaches that incorporate the technology skills necessary for 21st century literacy, college, and careers, but at the same time, he focuses on effective writing instruction.